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Online Degrees & Certificates

AA Philosophy

Philosophy is the oldest academic subject in the world and its concerns have given rise to nearly all other specialized academic disciplines. The primary motivation of philosophy is the same as the underlying motivation of all academic thought; the desire for knowledge and understanding. Philosophy is an attempt to understand our reality, our attempts at knowledge, our quest for a good and meaningful lives and most ambitiously, our construction of a society that might make these good lives possible.

Course work in philosophy will explore the major areas of the discipline. Logic and critical thinking courses will explore the methodology of philosophic discourse and academic discourse in general. The other core courses will explore the epistemological, metaphysical, ethical and political dimensions of philosophy. The philosophy program also offers courses exploring the history of philosophy from its beginnings in the ancient world through contemporary philosophy. The program also offers a collection of courses which explore the philosophic concerns manifested in the world's religions. If you have a curious mind and seek understanding, then philosophy may be the major for you.

Learn more about the program on the Philosophy website.

Program Learning Outcomes

  • Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of metaphysics and epistemology.
  • Students will be able to critically analyze and evaluate arguments regarding issues of ethics and political philosophy.

Career Opportunities

Philosophy graduates find careers in law, business, government, counseling, teaching, writing, computer systems analysis and other areas involving analytic skills.

Associate Degree Requirements

Units required for Major: 34
English proficiency: ENGL 1A, 1AH, 1S & 1T, or equivalent.
Mathematics proficiency: MATH 105, 108 or any MATH course approved for Foothill GE Area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking.

Degree Requirements

A minimum of 90 units is required to include:

Completion of one of the following general eduation patterns:

  • Foothill General Education, CSU General Education Breadth Requirements or the Intersegmental General Education Transfer Curriculum (IGETC)
  • Core (14 units)
  • Suppport courses (20 units)
  • Transferable electives necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement
    Additional elective course work may be necessary to meet the 90-unit minimum requirement for the associate degree.

NOTE: All courses pertaining to the major must be taken for a letter grade. In addition, a grade of "C" or better is required for all core and support courses used for the degree.

Online Courses for Philosophy

The courses listed BELOW are offered as online courses at least once every tow years. Please see online Schedule of Classes for verification.

NOTE: Students having difficulty attaining an associate degree because of timing or availability of classes should consult with a counselor to submit a petition for course substitution.

Associate Degree Requirements

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
English Proficiency: Select one of the following
ENGL 1A Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1AH Honors Composition & Reading 5
ENGL 1S Integrated Composition & Reading  
and ENGL 1T and Integrated Composition & Reading 8
Mathematics Proficiency: Select one of the following
MATH 105 Intermediate Algebra 5
MATH 180 Quantitative Reasoning 5
or  any MATH course approved for Foothill GE area V, Communication & Analytical Thinking  

Core Courses (14 units)

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
PHIL 4 Introduction to Philosophy 4
PHIL 8 Ethics 5
PHIL 1 Critical Thinking & Writing 5
or PHIL 7 Introduction to Symbolic Logic

Support Courses (20 units)

ONLINE COURSE TITLE UNITS
Select 12 units from the following:
PHIL 2 Introduction to Social & Political Philosophy 4
PHIL 11 Introduction to the Philosophy of Art & Aesthetics 4
PHIL 12 Philosophy of Science 4
PHIL 20A History of Western Philosophy from Socrates through St. Thomas 4
PHIL 20B History of Western Philosophy from the Renaissance through Kant 4
PHIL 24 Comparative World Religions: East 4
PHIL 25 Comparative World Religions: West 4
And 8 units * from the following:
ANTH 2A Cultural Anthropology 4
or ANTH 2AH Honors Cultural Anthropology 4
ART 2A History of Art: History of Western Art from Prehistory through Early Christianity 4.5
or ART 2AH Honors History of Art: History of Western Art from Prehistory through Early Christianity 4.5
ART 2B History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance 4.5
or ART 2BH Honors History of Western Art from the Middle Ages to the Renaissance 4.5
ART 2C History of Western Art from the Baroque to Contomperary 4.5
ART 2F Introduction to Asian Art 4.5
BUSI 70 Business & Professional Ethics 4
HIST 4A History of Western Civilization to 800 CE 4
HIST 4B History of Western Civilization: 700-1800 4
HIST 4C History of Western Civilization 1789-Present 4
or HIST 4CH Honors History of Western Civilization 1789-Present 4
HIST 18 Introduction to Middle Eastern Civilization 4
HUMN 1 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
or HUMN 1H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Ancient World 4
HUMN 2 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: Of Empires & Conflict 4
HUMN 5 Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Modern World 4
or HUMN 5H Honors Cultures, Civilizations & Ideas: The Modern World 4
HUMN 6 The Shock of the New: From the Modern to the Contemporary 4
POLI 3 Introduction to Political Philosophy/Political Theory 5
or POLI 3H Honors Introduction to Political Philosophy/Political Theory 5
POLI 9  Political Economy 4
or POLI 9H  Honors Political Economy 4
PSYC 1 General Psychology 5
or PSYC 1H Honors General Psychology 5
PSYC 4 Introduction to Biopsychology 5
SOC 1 Introduction to Sociology 5
or SOC 1H Honors Introduction to Sociology 5

* Students may also use additional philosophy courses from the first section of support courses to fulfill the requirement for the second section of support courses.

For a list of on-campus courses that satisfy degree requirements, please visit  Associate Degree for Philosophy 2021-2022.

Based on the 2021 - 2022 degree program.

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